After Ram Gopal Varma and Department it’s producer Vinod Bachchan and his cops-and-thrills drama Zilla Ghaziabad (ZG) which seems to be giving its producers more excitement than he had bargained for.
Apparently, the film was completed and all set for release when Sanjay Dutt saw the rushes and asked for extra scenes to be shot.
Says a friend of producer Vinod Bachchan, “The film was ready and all set for a release ahead of Dutt Saab’s Department. But then Mr Dutt decided he needed to shoot three more hi-tech action sequences.”
Adds the source, “Dutt Saab felt that some added action scenes would substantially enhance the film’s appeal.”
Apparently, producer Vinod Bachchan is running helter-skelter to get added finance for the action scenes. Says the source, “Vinod has borrowed heavily from financiers to complete the film. Now there’s this added pressure on his funds to shoot these three slick action sequences with Sanjay Dutt which would cost him a minimum of 1.5 crore rupees. To his credit Mr. Dutt’s demand to delay and shoot is not unjust. Everyone associated with the film feels these stunts would enhance the film considerably. The problem is, the producer could ill afford the extra slickness.”
When contacted, Vinod Bachchan admitted that Sanjay Dutt had asked for extra scenes to be shot. “But it’s for the betterment of the film. Dutt Saab cares deeply for Zilla Ghaziabad. That’s why he asked for those additional action scenes. Dutt Saab is shooting them in June. Till then we just have to wait. I don’t mind shelling out extra money. It will make the film more appealing.”